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May 17th Deployment Drill successful, tested deployment steps

Washington County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) held its deployment drill on Saturday morning, May 17th. The scenario was based on a loss of communications and electrical infrastructure for the drill. Amateur Radio Members of Washington County ARES were directed to follow pre-deployment steps established in their WashCoARES folder. These included checking the safety of their homes and families, loading their Go Kit into the car, wearing their ARES photo ID card, and checking into the Logistics Net.

MN WASHCO ARES NNET Newsletter being distributed to members; watch for electronic arrival

The May - August NNET (News, Needs, Events, and Training) Newsletter is drafted and will be sent electronically by April 30. Upcoming ARES events as well as net information and ham fests and public service events are listed. Please keep a copy close by so you can make as many events as possible.

Deployment Drill scheduled for May 17

Our spring drill this year will be a Deployment Drill on May 17 from 9 - 10 AM. Each ARES member will select a site, deploy to that site, and check into the net. There will be an option to pass formal written traffic on simplex as well. We will debrief at Woodbury OCB afterwards. Detailed document is coming out. Reserve the date and make the commitment to practice with us!

St. Croix River Rise Slows

The St. Croix River at Afton measured 683.6 feet Thursday evening, April 17. This has remained essentially the same for the past three days. This measure is in the "Action" Stage for flood preparation for Lake St. Croix Beach, with whom Washington County ARES has a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU); we are also in their emergency plan for providing communications in the event of a flood or disaster. It appears that we will not need to prepare a station and staff this spring, just based on forecasts and the current river rise. This page will be kept updated on the St.

KS0J Repeater used by Washington County ARES off the air for water tower painting; switching to 146.985

Attention! We will no longer have use of the KS0J repeater until further notice. The reason is that the water tower on which it rests is being painted. Preparations include having the antenna and coax taken down so that the tower can be painted (inside and out). SO, we will move our nets to the 146.985 machine until further notice. Thanks to N0UC for coordinating this and for orchestrating our use of 146.985 - (No PL Tone) repeater for the Washington County ARES Nets.

ARMER 800 MHZ Radio Training for April 13 Now CANCELLED

ARMER 800 MHZ Radio Training originally scheduled for Sunday afternoon, April 13, at the SEOC, is cancelled due to conflicts for the SEOC building. This training is expected to be rescheduled in May. Watch this web site for the new date. KA0HYR

ARES Build Day CANCELED for April 12, 2013; to be rescheduled 2015

A BUILD DAY for ARES Members is CANCELED for this year. The snow will not enable us test the NVIS antenna. The battery boxes have turned out to be more expensive than originally thought. The result of all of this is that more planning is needed. So, your understanding is greatly appreciated. If any one is still interested in an aluminum "drive-on" mast stand, please contact KA0HYR directly. 73's !!

March 3 MNWASHCOARES Meeting held

ARES members attended the meeting on March 3rd at Woodwinds Health Campus. Speakers included Washington County Emergency Manager, Doug Berglund; Healtheast Security Coordinator Dave Thomala; and District 6 ARES Emergency Coordinator Ann Foster. Each spoke of upcoming events for their organizations including any that would include ARES members. The MOU was renewed with Lake St. Croix Beach for flood response in coming years including 2014. The activation folder for the Washington County ARES unit was provided as an updated folder.

Washington County ARES Members Meeting March 3rd; 6:30 PM; tentatively at Woodwinds

The first meeting of the year for MN Washington County ARES Members is scheduled for March 3rd tentatively at Woodwinds Hospital in the Administrative Conference Room. We will update and issue ID cards to those needing them. The MNWASHCOARES activation folder will be provided to those who still need them. Agenda topics will include: details on the Spring Deployment Drill, Build Day, Go Kit Picnic, and our plans for the October 4th SET drill. All members are encouraged to attend this first meeting of the year.

Year End Feedback Gathered; More Sought

The December 15th MNWASHCOARES Net topic was getting feedback from participants on the years activities by Washington County ARES. This story reports the feedback received from net participants and is listed below. No items that were provided by more than one ARO are repeated. Comments received are as follows: 1. The net had a small turnout sometimes (once only 2 persons); we need more participants. 2. One net per month would be better (said by 4 members); easier to remember and better. 3. A fixed date is better than a fixed day. 4.

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